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Author: Spradlin, Michael P.
In 1942 twelve-year-old Anton, his family, and their small community of Ukrainian Jews are hiding from the advancing Nazi troops, and from the Gestapo, in a web of underground caves, and one officer in particular, Major Karl Von Duesen, is determined to catch or kill every Jew he can find--but as the tide of war turns, a final confrontation between Anton and his enemy is looming.
|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 5.00
Points: 6.0 Quiz: 183266
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 3-5
Reading Level: 3.80
Points: 10.0 Quiz: 68495
Kirkus Reviews (-) (04/15/16)
School Library Journal (00/04/16)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 04/15/2016 During WWII, Nazis troops invade Ukraine. Burning villages and farms, they either kill Jews or round them up for transport. Twelve-year-old Anton, his two uncles, and his grandmother, Bubbe, are soon on the run. Along with other Jewish escapees, they hide in underground caves and tunnels. Meanwhile, above ground, Major Karl Von Duesen directs his troops in a cat-and-mouse game, hoping to destroy these hidden enemies. After Bubbe is captured, Anton strikes back against Von Duesen, who focuses his energy on a personal vendetta to salvage his pride. More accessible to a younger audience than most historical novels on similar topics, this chapter book features a determined protagonist who does what he can to help his family survive. The stakes are high and so is the tension as the action scenes play out. While some characters are depicted as wholly good or evil, the more nuanced portrayals are convincing. Still, readers can feel confident that, whatever price individuals may pay, good will triumph in the end. - Copyright 2016 Booklist.